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Student life in Tulsa

Set against the beautiful scenery of Oklahoma’s lush Green Country, Tulsa is a city that pulses with creativity and opportunity. When you study abroad in Tulsa, you will enjoy an American city that celebrates arts, culture, and new innovation.

Please note that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some or all of the entertainment venues and attractions mentioned here may be closed.


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Study abroad in Tulsa- architecture

Architectural jewel

Tulsa became rich in the early 20th century, when it was known as the “Oil Capital of the World.” The riches of the oil industry helped to shape the city’s elegant downtown. Tulsa has one of most extensive collections of Art Deco buildings in the USA, echoing the style of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings in New York City. Take an architectural walking tour of downtown Tulsa to view more than 50 of these iconic buildings.

Study abroad in Tulsa - career opportunities

Professional opportunities

While energy and petroleum are important industries in Tulsa, the city’s economy has expanded significantly. It now includes several aerospace, finance, technology, telecommunications and manufacturing companies. It is a national leader in supporting young entrepreneurs, and Tulsa is named in 100 Best Places for Business and Careers (Forbes 2018).

Study abroad in Tulsa - culture and arts

Vibrant arts and culture

Tulsa has a superb arts and culture scene, with lots of things to see and do. It is the smallest city in the USA to have its own professional ballet, symphony and opera companies. It is also home to world-class museums, such as the stunning Philbrook Museum of Art. Throughout the year, the city hosts multiple festivals celebrating art, film, music and world cultures.

Study abroad in Tulsa - outdoors

The great outdoors

Tulsa’s urban energy is balanced by its easy access to nature and wildlife. More than 50 miles of biking and running trails loop through the city’s parks and along its rivers, which offer lots of great spots for fishing, kayaking or having a picnic. Head to the Tulsa Zoo to view more than 1,500 animals representing more than 400 different species. There are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors, no matter the season.

Chinese student at The University of Tulsa

Lijia from China

Studying a bachelor's in English at The University of Tulsa

I have visited several cities around the USA during semester breaks. Tulsa’s central location makes it very easy to travel around the country. When I go to other cities, though, I miss my home in Tulsa! Everyone is very friendly here and says “Hello” and “How are you?” Those little things seemed strange to me at first, but they mean a lot when you are far away from home.

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